Friday, October 26, 2001

A Minor Point of View

After watching the recent Foosball Malaysia Central Region Tournament, I am going out on a limb to say that Mikey Tan and Ong Poh Seng have the stuff of Champions. The rest of you foosers, better watch out... LOL.

In terms of "points" they are still quite far behind, and that should not be a deterrent but rather an impetus for them to strive forward. Take Sean P’ng, for example, with fierce determination and hard work, he swept to the top of the points in less than a year.

During the Mild Seven Nationals 2000, Kevin Heng was touted to be the next person to repeat Sean P’ng’s feat. Can someone let me know where is “Aerial King” Kevin Heng… LOL. Anyway, I am glad to see that he will be back to defend his Single’s Title at this year’s Mild Seven Nationals.
To be fair to the up and coming foosers, I must mention that points gained or lost are dependent on the number of tournaments sanctioned by Foosball Malaysia. And this year has seen fewer tournaments than the year before.

Well, what I heard from the “grapevine” is that volunteer organizers were busy and hardly appreciated for their efforts, which is of course very de-motivating. Lets remember to give them a break and thank them for their effort and their much-needed support for the sport of foosball in Malaysia.

Lets recognise some of the foosers whom have helped in the organising of foosball tournaments (sanctioned and non-sanctioned) in 2001: CMMAK, Nick, Bobby Tham, Alex Chong, Albert Cheok, Cyrus Foo, June, Raymond Kan, Edgar and Simon.

Sponsors: Alex Hing, Mild Seven, Foosball Malaysian, Disney Ace and Expressions.
(If you think I left anyone out, PLEASE do me the honour of adding their names below.)

This coming Mild Seven Nationals 2001 should be very interesting. There will be renewed competitiveness, new challenges, old rivalries and intense foosing!!! And I wish you all good luck and may the best fooser wins!

Wednesday, October 24, 2001

From Beijing to Foosball Malaysia Central Region Tournament

Well, one thing is for sure, there are no foosball tables in Beijing, or at least I did not find one. I tried asking around... but could not really say the word, "foosball" in Mandarin. Struggling with some sign language, twisting both my hands, did not get me anywhere. Instead, I got to discussing about China's first ever World Cup Football qualifying.

Anyways, after coming back from Beijing on Oct 17th, it was time for some serious foosing... LOL. Went and got myself qualified for the Mild Seven Nationals on Oct 19th and on the following night, participated in the Foosball Malaysia's Central Region Tournament. The results and some info on the tournament are as follows:

From 19th October to 20th October 2001 at Bravos and Breakers respectively, Foosball Malaysia organised a Central Region Tournament as a warm-up to the Mild Seven Malaysia Nationals, which will be held from Nov 9 to Nov 11 2001 in KL Plaza.

As with most FM's foosball events, the turnout was good with players from Penang, Johor and Klang Valley. I think photos should be available at Foosball Malaysia's site.

Results for Rookies Event at Bravos - 19th Oct 2001

Rookie Singles:
1st Mickey Tan
2nd Pietro
3rd Azlan

Rookie Doubles:
1st Mickey Tan & Cheong HH
2nd  Pietro & Megat
3rd Alan & Ravindran

Results for Pro-Am and Open Doubles Event at Breakers, KL - 20th Oct 2001

Open Doubles:
1st Shaun Boy & Chin Teik Eng
2nd Ong Poh Seng & Edmund
3rd Michael Tan & Lim Yen Seng

Pro-Am Doubles:
1st Jerry Chang & Azlan
2nd Ong Poh Seng & Shaun Lung
3rd Mak Choong Moon & Simon Lim

Kudos to CMMak, Bobby, Cyrus, June, Expressions and others for making the tournament happening!!